Published Tue May, 2022

Students from outside the UK are classified as international students and, to be able to study here, they will need to apply for a visa. Below, we will present the general details about the visa application process. For more in-depth details, information can be found at gov.uk/student-visa.


An applicant can apply for a student visa (formerly Tier 4 visa) if they are over 16 and have been offered a place on a course by a licensed sponsor (full list available here), can speak, read, write and understand English, have enough money to pay for the course and support themselves, and in case they are 16 or 17, have the consent from their parents or legal guardians. The visa will allow them to study, work as a student union sabbatical officer and work in most of the jobs. However, they will not be able to get public funds, work in certain jobs, be self-employed or study at a maintained school.


The authority in charge with student visa is United Kingdom Visa and Immigration also known as UKVI. Applicants must identify their course and universities and obtain from them an unconditional offer letter. Once this is obtained, the universities will issue them the CAS, Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. This is valid for 6 months and it is a mandatory document in the visa application process. The funds needed for the visa are the fees for the universities and the living costs. The living cost for London is £1,334 and for outside London £1,023 per month. English skills can be proved by taking on of the test authorised by UKVI such as IELTS, Pearson and others.


The visa application process can be done online, and the response time is up to 3 weeks once the application is completed.


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